The first edition of the “Inspiring African Women Leadership in Peace and Security (IAWL)’’ course 2019 has open at the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) on Monday 18 November, 2019.
The two weeks course is aimed at equipping participants with requisite knowledge to take a lead role in the peace and security dialogue in Africa. It is also to increase women participation in the male dominated peace and security establishment in Africa.
The course, hosted by the KAIPTC under the auspices of the Women, Peace and Security Institute (WPSI) and the German International Corporation (GIZ), comprises 16 participants who are woman from 10 African countries including Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana.
The Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy, Mr Helge Sander in a guest of honors remark indicated that the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 1325 on women, peace and security which underlined the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security.
He added that despite best intentions and efforts, the international community has not been able to end the plague of violence against women in conflict affected countries with the recent sexual violence against women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a shocking reminder.
Mr Helge Sander however expressed optimism that, the course will be linked to other post engagement activities such as coaching and mentoring sessions, peer-to-peer education and ultimately establish a network of women who will continue to promote the women peace and security agenda in their respective fields.
The Director of training at KAIPTC in his remarks stated that the course was developed in line with the Centres new strategic plan to build the capacity of Africa to fully implement the Maputo Protocol on Women, Peace and Security and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
He added that women’s equal representation and participation in peace building politics and governance is very essential for a fully functioning democratic system.